Cracks found on 10 bridges to be fixed
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced that repairs would begin today to 10 bridges on Route 55 in Millville and Vineland in Cumberland County.
As part of the statewide bridge inspection ordered by Commissioner Jamie Fox, NJDOT crews discovered cracks that necessitated emergency repairs at more than 200 locations on the 10 bridges. The work will require lane closures during the day and evening hours.
“This is going to be an extensive process,” NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Fox said. “But we must be vigilant with this type of damage. There is no question that our infrastructure is long in the tooth and these findings, unfortunately, do not surprise me. The resulting lane closures will be an inconvenience, but the safety of New Jersey’s motorists is our priority.”
It is estimated that all the repairs will take about three months to complete. To expedite the work, the Department is adding crews as needed throughout the duration of the project.
Portable variable message signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.
“Without a long term funding solution for the Transportation Trust Fund, we soon may be unable to perform these types of repairs,” Fox said. “The current funding authorization expires at the end of FY2016, leaving us with deteriorating infrastructure and no way to fix it.”